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12 Month Wedding Checklist


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Congratulations! You’re engaged! This is now going to be a time when your organisational skills will really be put to the test. Weddings take a lot of planning and you will probably spend hours on the phone, visiting vendors, searching Confetti and Cake for all your wedding needs and lots of planning!

6 – 12 Months Before Your Wedding

  • Select a wedding date, time and possibly a backup date
  • Announce your engagement in the paper
  • Plan an engagement party with family and friends
  • Start your wedding guest list
  • Call your church, chapel, synagogue or other venue for an appointment
  • Select your reception location and book it
  • Send out your Save the Date cards
  • Agree on a preliminary budget
  • Decide who will pay for what and how expenses will be shared
  • Consider and ask friends and family to serve as wedding attendants
  • Start thinking about ideas/themes for your reception and catering plans
  • Decide on the feel and tone of your wedding, Formal or Casual? Size, Settings?
  • Select your professional photographer
  • Determine what type of entertainment you want to have for your reception: DJ, band, string quartet
  • Think about your colour schemes
  • Select your videographer
  • Select professional caterer if the reception is not doing you catering
  • Select your florist
  • Shop together for your wedding rings
  • Select wedding dress and headpiece, and set a date for fittings and delivery
  • Select your bridesmaids’ dresses and accessories
  • Think about your transport, do you want something that little bit different?
  • Order your invitations and related stationery requirements
  • Choose a honeymoon and location

4 Months Prior to the Wedding

  • Check the requirements for marriage license
  • Send out invitations and announcements
  • Select and discuss your colour schemes with the florist/decorator of choice
  • Start shopping for the men’s’ wedding clothes
  • Reserve your wedding day transport
  • Research and select readings for ceremony
  • Make music selections for ceremony and reception
  • Decide upon and order favors
  • Select your baker, then order your cake
  • Review your contracts with all of your vendors and service providers

2 Months Before Your Wedding

  • Have engagement portraits taken
  • Decide on the men’s wedding attire
  • Arrange and plan your rehearsal dinner
  • Purchase your wedding day accessories
  • Have your Hen/ Stag Party
  • Consider a hairdresser and/or makeup artist and book appointments
  • Finalise all honeymoon plans

1 Month Left

  • Final dress fitting
  • Final fitting for your wedding attendants
  • Obtain marriage license
  • Make list of events for the wedding day
  • Make sure your accessories are in order

2 Weeks Remaining

  • Finalise arrangements with the entertainer(s)
  • Contact the guests who have not responded to your invitations
  • Provide a list of music you would like played, including music for first dance
  • Pick up your wedding rings and make sure that the engravings are correct

1 Week to Go!

  • Make sure your marriage license is in order
  • Purchase travellers checks, confirm honeymoon reservations
  • Pack your baggage for your honeymoon
  • Have your wedding ceremony rehearsal
  • Instruct your wedding party on what they will be doing on the day of the wedding
  • Make sure all wedding attire fits properly
  • Inform your caterer of the total guest attending
  • Confirm out-of-town guests have transportation and sleeping accommodations
  • Check with your florist and/or balloonist to make sure they will arrive when scheduled
  • Give the photographer a list of who and want you want pictures of

The Big Day

  • Have fun!
  • Relax, enjoy yourself, and remain calm!
  • Allow at least two or more hours for dressing, applying your make up and having your hair styled
  • If photographs are to be taken before the ceremony, allow plenty of time for that!
  • Take a deep breath, don’t worry, be happy and smile it’s your big day!

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